IS EXFOLIATION REALLY NECESSARY?
Yep, it sure is.
Exfoliation is an essential and effective step in your skincare routine, it does the prep work to ensure your skincare products to follow work more efficiently.
Regular exfoliation takes care of dull, dusty surface layers of dead skin build-up, keeps the complexion smooth, radiant and fresh, decongests, helps with skin discolouration and tackles impurities that can accumulate and clog pores. And, your make up will look noticeably more even, won’t settle into lines and flaws won’t be highlighted.
There are two types of exfoliants, physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliants, such as the OmVeda scrubs, are products containing tiny particles designed to manually remove dead surface cells, excess oil and other debris, revealing fresh skin cells underneath. Physical exfoliants aren’t just skincare products, they also include beauty tools like exfoliating gloves, brushes and even face cloths.
Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, are chiefly in the form of resurfacing serums and use acids like AHA’s and BHA’s and enzymes to loosen surface cells and dissolve grime. These products can also come in the form of cleansers, toners, serums and creams.
Exfoliation gives your other products such as serums and moisturisers improved penetrating power, allowing them to do their work more efficiently. But remember, no serum or cream, regardless of how fabulous its formula, can do its job on desert dry, ashy, lizard like or dehydrated skin.
The key is not to scrub too hard, exfoliate too often or use harsh and aggressive ingredients that can cause sensitivity, irritation and inflammation. Over-doing it can upset and damage the skin barrier and the result can be dryness, flaky patches and redness.
Try exfoliating at night, rather than in the morning, as skin will be less vulnerable to sun damage. If you do exfoliate in the am, always remember to apply your sunscreen.
Exfoliation has great benefits, but no need to obsess, we recommend exfoliating once a week for drier skins and twice to three times per week for oilier types. For oily T-zones, concentrate on that area after you cleanse. Use gentle circular motions, it’s not necessary to rub hard. Be sure to use only one product that has exfoliating properties in your routine. Don’t reach for the cleanser or serum that contains AHA’s for example. Check your ingredients.
OmVeda has three physical exfoliators …. Walnut Scrub, Scrub Grains and Gold Scrub.
Our Walnut Scrub is a ready-made creamy formula for dry, dull and mature skin.
Our Scrub Grains and Gold Scrub are fine herbal powder Scrubs, called Ubtans. They are designed to be mixed with an OmVeda Toner or Water and/or patted onto damp skin and exfoliated over the skin using gentle, circular motions.
For oilier skins (and oily T-zones), our Scrub Grains and for normal to dry skins, our Gold Scrub (not suitable for sensitive skins).